PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will partner with other Pennsylvania community colleges and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PSSHE) to develop statewide agreements that will make it easier for students to transfer from associate’s degree to bachelor’s degree programs.
“These agreements, coupled with more than 80 specific articulation agreements that CCAC already has with neighboring four-year institutions, will provide great pathways for students who start their education at CCAC and are able to transfer as juniors,” said Alex Johnson, CCAC president.
The initiative is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. Faculty members from PSSHE universities and some private four-year colleges will work with faculty members from community colleges to create articulation agreements.
Through these agreements, community college students enrolled in any associate’s degree program will be able to graduate and seamlessly transfer into a parallel bachelor’s degree program at a PSSHE university as juniors, receiving full credit for their associate’s degree coursework.
Following the successful completion last year of agreements in math, early childhood education and psychology, a second series of 10 programs has been identified for the statewide articulation process.
CCAC faculty members will represent the state’s 14 community colleges on Program Articulation Committees for education, chemistry, criminal justice and physical science. Each committee will include four community college faculty members and a transfer counselor. CCAC representatives include:
When the initiative is complete, approximately 70 programs will be included in the statewide articulation agreements.
About 44 percent of CCAC students enroll in programs intending to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree. CCAC students have successfully transferred to nearly 500 colleges and universities.
“While articulation agreements are not necessary for a successful transfer, they simplify the process and ensure that students receive maximum benefit from their classes taken at CCAC,” said Mary Frances Archey, EdD, CCAC vice president for learning and student development. “Through articulation agreements, students save both time and the costs of paying for credits that are outside of their degree requirements as they progress from their associate’s degrees to bachelor’s degrees.”
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.